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Comm(Unity) Weekly: The Storm Before the Calm

APRIL 26, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we explore what the future of Afghanistan might hold. We also highlight Anthony Bourdain’s final book and feature a very Oscar-worthy cartoon.

Weekly Episode

On our latest episode — Shahmahmood Miakhel, Designated Ambassador of Afghanistan to Qatar and Afghanistan’s former First Deputy and Acting Minister of Defense, joins the Council live from Kabul to tackle the biggest questions surrounding President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September 11th. Moderated by Council CEO, Megan Clark Torrey.

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Weekly Article Roundup

Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup:

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the W.H.O., shares his anguish surrounding the crises in the Tigray region
Get ready for our event tomorrow with this poignant opinion piece

On April 20th, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged countries to work together, rather than have a few hegemonic powers, at the Boao Forum
“The world wants justice, not hegemony,” he said

Eyes are on India right now as it struggles with a second wave of COVID-19, with preventable government failures partially to blame
Read into how though the return of the virus was inevitable, this crisis was not

President Joe Biden recently issued a statement marking the Armenian genocide sparking backlash from Turkey
Turkey sees a political vendetta in the announcement

Just when you thought nothing else could be politicized, the Super League in Europe shook up the sporting and political realms
The biggest issue? The biggest teams are owned by Americans

Weekly Entertainment


This newly released book by the late Anthony Bourdain is not your average travel guide


“Now the gloves are off” by The Intelligence

Check out this episode of The Intelligence by The Economist that tackles the battle to succeed Angela Merkel


Jiro Dreams of Sushi

If you haven’t seen this classic documentary, now is the time. Follow the story of of 85-year-old Jiro Ono and his love of making sushi


Tamales Across Latin America

Tamales are not one size fits all – check out how they’re made across Latin America


Stuffed Dates

These delicious stuffed dates can be eaten to break a fast in Ramadan or as the perfect sweet treat after a meal

Global Good News

(Courtesy of Julie Schablitsky )

Harriet Tubman’s lost Maryland home found, archaeologists say
The house of famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman is said to have been found by archaeologists in Maryland. Harriet Tubman lived there with her family in the early 1800s before she escaped enslavement. See how a coin led experts to their discovery and more.

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Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

We just hit an exciting podcast milestone! If you haven’t listened yet, check out our State of the World podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts. Thank you to everyone who has already tuned in!

Caroline Schaefer
Virtual Communications Specialist

Image Credits: [1] Afghanistan photo: Shutterstock; [2] Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: UN Geneva via Flickr; [3] Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever: GPB NPR; [4] Stuffed Dates: Curious Cuisiniere; [5] Harriet Tubman home: Md Department of Transportation; [6] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer[9] Caroline Schaefer: Amanda Jolly

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